In­bound and do­mes­tic tourists walk hand-in-hand

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Re­it­er­at­ing the im­por­tance of do­mes­tic tourists, De­wan says, “For­eign tourists are our guests and are im­por­tant for us, but they form 65-66 lakh of the peo­ple trav­el­ling to In­dia, Our true re­spon­si­bil­ity is to­wards the In­dian tourists, 1.05 bil­lion do­mes­tic tourists travel around the coun­try.” De­wan says that while the ITM is an event that fo­cusses on the North­east, in­clud­ing West Ben­gal, which has the Darjeeling area, this edi­tion they have in­tro­duced a new an­gle. “While the sell­ers are all from the North­east, the new el­e­ment we have brought in this year is that we are try­ing to at­tract peo­ple from the ma­jor source mar­kets in In­dia – Gu­jarat, West Ben­gal, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Delhi and Ben­galuru. We are try­ing to re­quest peo­ple, though not at our ex­pense, to go there, be­cause we be­lieve that though it's very good to look for in­ter­na­tional tourists, one should not for­get that the bread and but­ter of In­dian tourism is do­mes­tic tourism. So, we are try­ing to get peo­ple from the travel-prone parts of In­dia, Gu­jarat of course is Num­ber 1 while Ben­gal is now Num­ber 4, but given Ben­gal's prox­im­ity to the North east maybe for the North east, Ben­gal is Num­ber 1.”

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